Saturday, January 26, 2013
NYC Chinatown Herb Shops
During our free time in Chinatown, we poked our heads in a number of herb shops. Fun to see and smell but also overwhelming at times since we can't read Chinese. The one above is the shop of an Acupuncturist. Very pretty place the drawers on the left all contain loose herbs which they will measure out for you. The boxes on the right are patent medicines herbal, mineral, animal and I am not sure what else really.
This sleek shop above sold fragrant herbal soaps, shampoos, and eye shadows, nail products - all beauty oriented.
One of my goals was to restock my supply of Moxa Sticks. Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese style of healing by warming the acupuncture points or by warming areas in your body where you may be stiff or sore. You light the end of the stick and smudge over your
victim patient until there is a large red area and the patient says it is getting very warm. The moxa stick which is made of the herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) works by stimulating circulation of the blood flow and the qi. Many mid wives will use a moxa stick to help to turn a baby who is not positioned head down in the last weeks of the pregnancy.